Pa. committee OKs bill to allow ‘In God We Trust’ in schools

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The House Education Committee has approved legislation that would allow Pennsylvania’s public schools to display the national motto, “In God We Trust.”

House Bill 1728 would allow school districts to prominently display the motto in each school building if they wish to do so. The display could be in the form of a mounted plaque or artwork from a student contest.

Rep. Cris Dush (R-Indiana/Jefferson) reintroduced the proposal after a similar measure failed to pass the Legislature in 2013.

In a memo accompanying his bill, Dush said the motto is part of the history and heritage of the United States. He said former Pennsylvania governor James Pollock, while previously serving as director of the United States Mint in Philadelphia, who first suggested the motto on coins more than 150 years ago.

The bill now goes to the full House.

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